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  1. How far does the success or failure of PM Narendra Modi’s trip go? Find out here

How far does the success or failure of PM Narendra Modi’s trip go? Find out here

LEMOA, nuclear plants, MTCR ... Modi junks baggage

By: | Updated: June 10, 2016 7:57 AM
modi obama-reu-L While the US has backed India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, Modi managed to get Switzerland’s and Mexico’s backing during his recent 5-nation tour—whether the US will then be able to get China to change its position remains to be seen. (Reuters)

Though it is not clear whether US firms will actually invest the $42 billion they have promised to over the next three years—Amazon’s $3bn investment pledge makes it more believable—the success or failure of prime minister Narendra Modi’s 5-nation tour goes far beyond this. Apart from the fact that Modi seems to have completely shrugged off the shameful treatment meted to him in the past by the US government, as he put it in his address to the US Congress, both nations appear to have overcome the ‘hesitations of history’. India and the US have been talking of a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) for close to a decade—this allows Indian and American military units to use facilities in each others’ bases for refuelling and berthing of aircraft and warships subject to mutual agreement and represents a big check on Chinese aggression—but this has been finalised only now. As part of the increased cooperation between the two countries, the US has recognised India as a Major Defence Partner which means India can buy the same armaments other close US allies can and, thanks to US nudging, Italy has dropped its objections to India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime which will facilitate India selling its Brahmos missiles as well as buying sophisticated US Predator drones that, in turn, will allow India to completely rethink its conventional aircraft acquisition strategy. While the US has backed India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, Modi managed to get Switzerland’s and Mexico’s backing during his recent 5-nation tour—whether the US will then be able to get China to change its position remains to be seen.

The ghost of Bhopal made India come up with a very strict Indian

Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act which ensured that India couldn’t really capitalise on the nuclear deal signed by prime minister Manmohan Singh and president Bush, but good progress was made by India signing the Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC) for Nuclear Damage earlier this year, apart from setting up a R1,500 crore nuclear insurance pool. While GE CEO, Jeff Immelt, was dismissive of this during his last visit to India, India’s external affairs ministry (MEA) argued CLND was in conformity with CSC. While the initial damages are to be borne by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), MEA argued that since clause 17(b) of CLND which deals with supplier liability is part of a standard buyer-seller contract, concerns of suppliers like GE and Westinghouse could be addressed in the contract it signs with NPCIL. Given the Indo-US joint statement says NPCIL and Westinghouse will start engineering and site-design work immediately suggests considerable progress has been made—the contract arrangements are to be completed by June next year. India has agreed to formally accede to the Paris accord which, while implying strict adherence to various climate goals, is the only way to ensure global warming remains below 2 degrees centigrade. Totalisation remains a work in progress and there is nothing on the unfair visa fees. Mature nations, though, build upon the positives while leaving the negatives for either another day or another avenue—India is, in any case, exploring approaching the WTO on this.

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  1. Drrkd Goel
    Jun 10, 2016 at 6:46 am
    To Sri Narendra Modiji, Chief Minister of Gujarat from 07.10.2001 after disaster of Gujarat on 26.01.2001 and now Hon. BJP Prime Minister of INDIA.Hon.Sir,Charity begin from home only. What is going on in Gujarat Ahmedabad / Vadodara against Muslims from 2014 will be disaster for India as now all Muslims of India are united from 2002 Gujarat riots in which 2000 peoples both Muslim and Hindus are macred. You are on hit list of Muslim JIhadists from 2002 Gujarat riots from 2 PM of 27.2.2002 from Vadodara Railway station upt to May. 2002 riots in Vadodara.To day the Punshments of Gulgurg Society macred will be anounced, in which at least 26 innocent Hindus will be get Capital to life impresments those made a Hindu mob in 2002.What will happen to the famillies those are now found 14 for murder charges and may be booked under 302 of IPC. What help you and your VHP did to the Hindus victims of mob mentality.What is goinf on in Vadodara and Ahmedabad to demolished the Muslim Slum Dwellers Houses by the BJP politician / leaders against the Hon, Gujarat High court Orders dated 05.09.2000 para #s 107 and 108 and State Government of Gujarat policy from 1999 to give alternate sites / houses to those Slum Dwellers on the Public and Government lands for more than 10 years.All Muslims will be one now those have Sleeper cells in all cities of Gujarat / India from 2002 Gujarat riots.Please stop what is going on in Ahmedabad / Vadodara against Muslims Slum Dwellers houses.They may agree with the BJP leaders / Mayors to leave the land in the name of widening the roads of Muslim areas now. But will internally they will not resolt against the BJP leaders of Gujarat.Please read my all lettters to you from 2002 as CM of Gujarat and in 2015 as PM of BJP of India.I am highly thank full to you to give reply of my letters / E-mails to you from 2002 to 2015. Thanks in antition.Yours faithfully, Dr. R.K.D. Goel, Who attended RSS from the age of 9 years from 1946 in Muzaffar Nagar UP. and now settled in Gujarat from 1973 and permanently in Vadodara from 1988..
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      Trevor
      Jun 10, 2016 at 7:53 pm
      eh , chup. don't even dare to speak bad about our beloved and noble pm shri modiji
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